HEALTH + FITNESS,  Will Run for Pasta

Setting Health Goals

My recent Works in Progress post was all about my desire to make healthy choices, but it was pretty general.  Since it’s hard to achieve a general goal, measure general success, or keep someone generally accountable, I thought we should talk specifics.

That way, instead of asking me “how’s the healthy living going?” and me saying “fine, thanks”, you can ask me things like…

  • “Did you drink at least 80oz of water today?”
  • “What did you have for breakfast?”
  • “How’s TurboFire going, are you sore from today’s workout?”

Specific questions like that are a lot harder to dodge than a general “how’s it going”.

So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and what EXACTLY it is that I’ll be trying to do to healthify my lifestyle.  Healthify is totally a word, right?

In no particular order, here are some of the healthy choices I will be focusing on:

Eat Breakfast

I am terrible about eating breakfast.  Partly because I’m not super hungry first thing in the morning, and partly (okay, mostly) because I’m just too lazy to get up any earlier than I have to which means rushing out the door with no time to prepare anything.  I know breakfast is key to getting your metabolism up and running for the day, and I just read a stat that said those who don’t eat breakfast are 450% more likely to be overweight!

So, I will be striving to eat breakfast every morning.  I already know about overnight oats, and I know how to do homemade egg mcmuffins so I really have no excuse (click the picture for the guest post I wrote on those).

If you have any suggestions for quick and yummy breakfasts, especially the kind you can prepare ahead, please share!!


Drink More Water

The general rule these days seems to be that you should drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day.  So for me that will be about 80 ounces MINIMUM.  If I’m exercising or drinking caffeine (which can dehydrate you) then I should drink more.  I know that water is so important and some days I can drink it non-stop, other days I’ll get to 10pm and suddenly be dying of thirst.  They say when you feel thirsty you’re already dehydrated and that’s not good.

Depending on what source you’re reading, our bodies are 50-70% water, so being dehydrated can have a huge effect on a person and cause confusion, dizziness, and sluggishness just to name a few.  I can vouch for the sluggishness and that brain fog feeling.

Water helps the kidneys detoxify the body, it can aid in weight loss (people often confuse hunger for thirst), your muscles and cells need it, it helps keep you regular, and probably the most motivating for me is that it’s great for your skin and you won’t look so dry and wrinkled (just being honest, vanity is a powerful thing).

No, Starbucks doesn’t have a new drink, I just like reusing their Venti cold cups for a little while, and I discovered that frozen pineapple chunks are a great way to jazz up plain ol’ water!


Homemade Weekday Lunches

AKA: No fast food weekday lunches… fast food being a place with a drive-thru.  Unless it’s Starbucks or Dutch Brothers, ha!  It’s way too easy for me to swing through Taco Bell(y ache) on my lunch hour for a Beefy Crunch Burrito, and since we do have a fridge and microwave at work there is no excuse for me not to eat healthy during the day.



I’m starting TurboFire on Monday – yikes!  My friend Kelly is finishing up Insanity and talked me into doing TurboFire “with” her. She’s in Idaho and I’m in Oregon so we’ll be checking in via Instagram and Facebook which should be fun!  I’m excited and terrified.  It’s a 90 day program with a workout six days a week, Wednesdays are indicated as rest days.  Wish me luck!!  Or better yet, join in the fun!


Running – Couch to 5k

You guys… I STILL haven’t made it through Couch to 5k.  I got stuck on week 4 this time around and feel like I need to start over AGAIN.  I’d like to be running 3x a week but I’m thinking I might give myself a running break for the first 30 days of TurboFire.  Maybe after I get my fitness level and endurance up a little bit the running will be a little easier.  I haven’t totally decided yet, I don’t want to overdo it but some days I really want to run, so we’ll play this one by ear and see how it goes.

Just noticed this picture is flipped, that’s *sorta* what I look like, haha! (that’s my left hand)

Less Sugar / Less Pepsi

I say less instead of none because there’s no way I can stay away from it completely, not yet anyways and if I try to I’m just setting myself up for failure.  Just being realistic.

I can, however, make a conscious effort to have it less.  And when I do have it, I can keep it in check by ordering a small Pepsi instead of a large, or having just one donut instead of three.  Choices like that are a win in my book.

I’m not into deprivation, I’m an all-things-in-moderation believer and I think that over time as I eat healthier and cleaner my taste buds will evolve on their own to not crave/enjoy the sugary stuff so much.  At least that’s what I’m hoping.


Meal Planning

I need to work on my meal planning skills and do shopping/prepping on the weekend so that I can grab and go during the week.  Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.  Or however that saying goes.  Meal planning will help me meet my breakfast and lunch goals, especially if I have it all prepped and ready to go.

Dinners are a different matter since Mr. Won’t Run’s work schedule is ever-changing.  Even when I do plan dinners we don’t end up making half of them so I think I’ll just need a few ideas at the ready and if he’s going to be home I’ll swing by the store which is totally on the way.  That will save us money too!


So what do you think?  Realistic goals?

What are some of YOUR current health and fitness goals?

Hi, I'm Sarah, a 30-something wife, doggy-mama, beginner runner (still), wannabe cook, and 9-5 cubicle farm worker, just trying to enjoy life in beautiful Portland, OR!


  • Sarah Z

    I think your goals are extremely realistic. I made a conscious effort to stop going to fast-food places in February and it has stuck (except Subway but I eat healthy there). I think the water thing is extremely important and taking time off of running for TurboFire is probably a good decision. You don’t want to end up overworked or injured. I plan to up my running as I just signed up for a quarter marathon in October and I plan to stay on the healthy eating kick. You got this!!!!! 🙂

    • Sarah

      I think people would be surprised what no fast food and more water can do for them!! I just have to keep reminding myself. Ooh, a quarter marathon, that’s exciting, and great for keeping you motivated, something to train for. We both got this!! 🙂

  • Kelly

    Yay! I’m so excited for Monday! I think TurboFire is going to be so fun! My suggestion for an easy breakfast – Shakeology! It took some getting used to for me and it’s a little pricey but I think it’s totally worth it. I was just telling Mike yesterday that I can tell my body craves all the superfood vitamins in it now. 🙂

  • Brenna

    Keep sharing this stuff. I love it and it really is motivational to know you are trying right along with us. Keep eating breakfast even if it is just a granola bar, husband just made the PW recipe for them and they are great. Don’t know how they rank on the health scale, but it is an idea. You will get into the habit, I promise. Also, Try not to eat really late at night, which is hard for our schedule, but that will help you have more of an appetite in the morning too.

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